The Kennedy Administration?

Things went pretty well for Yankee superprospects 1 and 1a last night. With an open slot in the rotation on Tuesday, courtesy of Rocket’s suspension, we wonder whether we might get a peek at 1b, Ian Kennedy, whose line in limited time at SWB is 1-0, 1.06, 17 ip, 12 h, 19k, 5 bb. Our guess is the start goes to Jeff Karstens, or perhaps Iggy (assuming he’s still in pinstripes). No reason to rush the kid at this point. Still, it’s nice to dream, and it’s nice to fantasize about a Yankee staff over the coming years with Wang, Hughes, Joba, and Kennedy. (A Kennedy in NY! Ha!) And it’s nice to know that even when these guys are elevated there are still some extremely promising arms in the minors waiting to join them, both in the rotation and the pen. There’s a lot of talent, and it’s going to be fun to watch it develop. And seeing as the talent is cheap, it gives Cash the money to throw at certain FAs this winter.

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  • I would normally be fine giving the start to Karstens, and he ST with the Big League club, but he has just be awful since coming off the DL, and this current 20-game stretch is pretty critical. I’d rather had the ball to IPK. Go on, Cash, push your luck!

    yankees76 August 11, 2007, 10:24 am
  • My kingdom for an *edit* button!
    Come on, guys. The software has to be available.

    yankees76 August 11, 2007, 10:25 am
  • IPK is not on the 40-man roster, so they’d have to dump someone. Of course if Iggy goes pop, that frees up a spot….

    yankeemonkey August 11, 2007, 12:21 pm
  • YF makes a good point about the youth freeing up of money for free agent signings, and it’s one of the reasons that there was so much discussion (and disagreement) about the Matsuzaka posting fee last offseason. Next year the Sox’ payroll will only reflect Matsuzaka’s salary, not his posting fee, and any budgets they have for straight payroll will not be impacted by his contract. The Sox are in a fine position as well, with Daisuke inked for 8M, Buchholz conceivably in the fold at minimum, Wake for relative nickels, Pedroia at minimum, Youkilis, Crisp, Papelbon, Okajima, Ortiz, all these guys (well over 1/3 of the roster) are cheap or cheap relative to what a free market might give them. Though Drew, Lugo, Manny, Tek are taking down major money, that first group is relatively young (save Wake and Tiz), cost-controlled, and gives Theo the chance to make a splash at positions of need (third base comes to mind, unless Lowell is re-signed). Both the Yankees and the Sox are teams to envy right now and going forward, they have developed depth in youth and are flush with cash. We all have a great deal to be confident about, as far as our teams remaining competitive for talent.

    SF August 11, 2007, 1:01 pm
  • YF, what certain free agents are you hoping to get? Is Kazmir free this year or next? I know Steinbrenner loves the kid.
    I have mixed emotions about the Yankees adopting this style of management. On the one hand I think it is very smart of Cashman and Steinbrenner (compared to the throw-money-at-the-problem solution that Georgie has used in the past). On the other hand, after seeing how successful the Sox have used this strategy I am afraid that the Yankees will be better off in the long run because of it.
    Plus it makes them no longer the Evil Empire, so I need to think up new, logical reasons to hate them.

    Atheose August 11, 2007, 3:11 pm
  • The FAs I was obliquely referencing were Alex, Mo, and Jorge; 3 the Yanks don’t want to lose and who will cost large sums. And then there’s Abreu, and whomever else…..

    YF August 11, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • “…(A Kennedy in NY! Ha!)…”
    …not so hard to believe YF…actually bobby kennedy was a u.s. senator from NY for 3 years in the mid-60’s…

    dc August 12, 2007, 12:14 am
  • Atheose – I don’t know about 2007 (though someone posted a list before), but I’m excited about 2008 – Giambi comes off, Teixiera is free, and of course, Santana. I’m really doubtful the Twins can afford Santana..

    Lar August 12, 2007, 10:43 am
  • And 2008 – don’t forget about Vlad and Manny. I’d have no problem replacing Giambi with either. Sure, they’re just about DH’s at this point, but they can play the OF a bit and hit a ton. And Vlad will be turning 33 for 2009.

    Woosta YF August 12, 2007, 11:58 am

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